The Long Term. The Big Picture.

I’m a big fan of O’Reilly Radar; it’s a great place for really smart writing.

One recent piece by Nat Torkington, Clue is a Renewable Resource, is particularly smart to me because it represents someone who’s looking to take a long view on an employee. (It should come as no surprise that I got this link from Rands, a very smart guy who writes really well about managing people.) Unfortunately, we as a society seem completely incapable of taking any sort of long view right now and it’s something we’ve really got to start thinking more about.

Short-term thinking is, of course, necessary in dire times like these just to keep the lights on and a roof over your head, but we have to remember that short-term actions have long-term consequences. We have to stop treating people like robots and we have to stop thinking about the small picture to the exclusion of all else.

We have to start thinking long-term and big-picture.

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